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Have you ever wondered about the origin of the poem:

Something old, something new

Something borrowed, something blue

And a silver sixpence in her shoe

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Brides have been honoring the tradition of wearing an old, a new, a borrowed and a blue item during their wedding, since Victorian times in the 19th century. Although wearing these items is supposed to symbolize good fortune for the bride, they are also just an entertaining and fun way for brides to incorporate tradition that gives the bride an opportunity to express her appreciation for a few special people in her life on her special day.

Each item refers to a good luck token for a bride. The custom is that if the bride carries all four items on her wedding day, she will have a happy marriage.

Something Old  represents continuity with the bride's family and the past particularly mother or grandmother or even most distant relations. In order to symbolize this link many brides choose to wear a piece of antique family jewelry which belonged to a close relative or a locket with photos of their parents or grandparents. Alternatively they many bride choose to incorporate something from their mother's or grandmother's wedding gown.

Something New represents optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead for a bride's successful future in her new marriage. Bride's often choose their wedding gown as their new item but it can be anything that is purchased new for the wedding; i.e., the wedding flowers or the wedding rings. Wearing a new item on your wedding day conveys the message that you and your husband are creating a new union that will endure forever.

Something Borrowed  represents an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride "Borrowing" is especially important, since it has to come from a happily married woman, thereby lending the bride some of her own marital happiness to carry into her new marriage. Anything can be borrowed but it must be returned afterwards.

Something Blue in Victorian times was the symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Often a blue item is the garter and in olden times the couple wore blue bands on the border of their wedding attire to denote, love, modesty and fidelity. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

Silver sixpence in her shoe - represents wealth and financial security and may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. Times have changes and in current day, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted.

Popular Ideas On How To Incorporate These Traditions Into Your Special Day

Something Old

  • A cherished piece of heirloom jewelry; i.e., your grandmother's engagement ring, a pearl necklace either worn or wrapped around your bouquet
  • A veil or headpiece from a cherished friend or family member
  • A brooch or hair comb from a cherished friend or family member
  • A clutch purse from a cherished friend or family member
  • A relative's wedding gown or using a piece of the fabric to sew into your own gown or wrap the bridal bouquet
  • A family heirloom: jewelry, veil, headpiece, handkerchief
  • A piece of fabric from an old childhood doll or article of clothing, either sewn into your gown or used as a wrap for your bouquet.
  • A locket with photos of your parents or grandparents.
  • Any of these might be combined with the "something borrowed"

Something New

  • New shoes
  • New jewelry
  • Your dress or gown, if purchased new
  • New lingerie or garter
  • The possibilities are endless...

Something Borrowed

  • A cherished piece of heirloom jewelry; i.e., your grandmother's engagement ring, a pearl necklace either worn or wrapped around your bouquet
  • A veil or headpiece from a cherished friend or family member
  • A brooch or hair comb from a cherished friend or family member
  • A clutch purse from a cherished friend or family member

Something Blue

  • Blue thread sewn into your gown. It could be a Monogram or heart or something else that is meaningful to you and your husband to
  • Blue shoes
  • Blue undergarments. lingerie for the wedding night, or your garter
  • Blue crinoline
  • Blue nail polish
  • Jewelry accents in blue: earrings, rings, bracelets, anklet, toe rings, necklaces containing sapphires, topaz, aquamarine, Swarovski crystals, etc.
  • Blue bouquet accents: ribbon wrap, brooches, cameos, lockets
  • Blue sash for your wedding gown
  • Blue embroidery on wedding gown
  • Blue hair accessories: hair clips, barrettes, hairpin, headband; the possibilities are endless
  • A handkerchief embroider with blue thread for your tears of joy or an all blue handkerchief with a monogram or other embroidery
  • Blue rhinestones glued to bottom of wedding shoes in shape of initials
     

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